Wisdom, Geeks and Good
Why did 620 people show up in Silicon Valley to see and hear founders and leaders of some of our favorite Internet companies talking with well-respected teachers of mindfulness and neurosciences specialists last month?
The outstanding reason that these technologists and mindfulness leaders were in the same room is that those who work the long hard hours to innovate and produce profitable companies realize that a clear mind — a focused mind — is a creative and innovative mind. And there’s a good dose of philanthropic energy there too since many of those great minds have amassed the wealth with which to change the world and many of those successful people in Silicon Valley actually want to change the world for the better. It turns out that a calm and mindful approach is highly correlated with a compassionate and peace leaning mind. So if the folks in Silicon Valley, the people who have created the very things that have changed the way do business and life are paying attention to this, shouldn’t you too?
How do you clear your mind to increase focus and be more innovative in your thinking? How do you press pause when the work and life you lead is draining you dry? Think the person who snapped at you (or was that you who snapped?), the boss or coworker who just stole your idea and threw you under the bus are aware of their impact? Could a little more kindness in your life make for more effective collaboration and genuine communication?
Research shows that those who take just 15 minutes to sit quietly five times a week for two weeks, using their breathing as an anchor for their concentration, are positively impacted; they feel more peaceful and have a greater sense of equanimity in their daily lives. They are able to handle life’s challenges (and challengers) with more ease. What if we all decided to do that? Can you imagine how much kinder we’d all be to each other, to ourselves, and what innovation we might spark?
If this sparks you, check out a few local places (see below) to learn more about mindfulness practices or check out these books to guide you on your own:
- Real Happiness by Sharon Salzberg
- The Mindful Brain by Dan Siegel
- Fully Present by Dr. Susan Smalley and Diana Winston
- Lotus Bud Mindfulness Bell – the App Store
Source: My L.A. Lifestyle
Guest Contributor: Daisy Swan – Photos by Daisy Swan